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McKale, Donald M.

McKale, Donald M.

Class of '41 Memorial Professor of Humanities

Phone: 864/656-3153

Ph.D., Kent State University (1970)

Professor McKale has been Class of '41 Memorial Professor of the Humanities since 1988. He is recognized as one of the leading specialists in the Holocaust and Modern Germany, and his courses on those topics, as well as World War II in Europe, are university favorites. His newest book, Hitler’s Shadow War (2002), is a study of the inextricable connection between German war goals and the Holocaust; it was a Main Selection of the History Book Club, as well as a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and Traditions. His other books include Hitler: The Survival Myth (1981; 2001), and War by Revolution (1998), which won the Charles Smith Award from European Section of Southern Historical Association. He has taught at Clemson since 1979.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Hitler’s Shadow War: The Holocaust and World War II. Cooper Square Press, 2002. Selection of History Book Club, Book of the Month Club, and Traditions Book Club.

Hitler: The Survival Myth. Stein and Day, 1981; updated ed., Cooper Square Press, 2001.

War by Revolution: Germany and Great Britain in the Middle East in the Era of World War I (Kent State, 1998; received Charles Smith Award, 1999-2000, from European Section of Southern Historical Association).

Editor, Tradition: A History of the Presidency of Clemson University (Mercer, 1988; 2nd ed. with J.V. Reel Jr., 1998).

Editor, Rewriting History: The Original and Revised World War II Diaries of Curt Pruefer (Kent State, 1988).

Curt Pruefer: German Diplomat from the Kaiser to Hitler (Kent State, 1987)

The Swastika Outside Germany (Kent State, 1977).

The Nazi Party Courts (Kansas, 1974).